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Indian Lay Martyr Beatified
Catholic News Service (5 December 2012)
BANGALORE, India (CNS) — The life of Blessed Devasahayam Pillai, an 18th-century Catholic layman who was martyred for refusing to refute his faith despite being brutally tortured, was held up as an example for all Christians to embrace.

Archaeologists Restore Crusader-Era Hospital in Jerusalem
Catholic News Service (8 August 2013)
JERUSALEM (CNS) — Israeli archaeologists have restored part of a 2,000-bed Crusader-era hospital run by the St. John of the Hospital order in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Pope Francis, With Retired Pope, Canonizes Sts. John and John Paul
Catholic News Service (27 April 2014)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Canonizing two recent popes in the presence of his immediate predecessor, Pope Francis praised the new Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II as men of courage and mercy, who responded to challenges of their time by modernizing the Catholic Church in fidelity to its ancient traditions.

West Bank Town Takes Pride in Links to St. Nicholas
Catholic News Service (15 December 2014)
BEIT JALA, West Bank (CNS) — Bethlehem might have the Church of the Nativity, but residents of this largely Christian town adjacent to Bethlehem say they have St. Nicholas.

With Armenian Catholics, Pope Will Declare New ‘Doctor of Church’
Catholic News Service (1 April 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis formally will proclaim a 10th-century Armenian monk as a doctor of the church when he celebrates a liturgy April 12 with leaders and faithful of the Armenian Catholic Church.

Christian Leaders Hope Palestinian Saints Can Be Intercessors for Peace
Catholic News Service (8 May 2015)
BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Christian leaders in the Holy Land hope two new Palestinian saints will become intercessors for peace and a bridge among faiths.

Pope Declares Ukrainian Church Leader ‘Venerable’
Catholic News Service (17 July 2015)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has signed a decree declaring “venerable” Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, who led the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the tumultuous period of both world wars and at the beginning of Soviet occupation.

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Picture of the Day: St. Nicholas, the Wonder Worker
Vice President of Communications Michael J.L. La Civita reflects on the importance of St. Nicholas.

Picture of the Day: St. Sharbel's Miracle
Nohad El Shami, who attributes her miraculous recovery from a stroke to St. Sharbel, touches a pilgrim’s head at Saint Sharbel's tomb. (photo: Sarah Hunter)

Picture of the Day: Deacon Saint of Syria
Saturday 9 June marks the feast of St. Ephrem in the Latin church (it's celebrated on 28 January in the East) and 17 centuries after his death, he continues to be a compelling and fascinating figure.

Picture of the Day: A Saint's Legacy in India
Following the footsteps of St. Thomas, Indian pilgrims climb Mount Malayattur. (photo: Sean Sprague)

Picture of the Day: An Ethiopian Pilgrimage
A woman in Askum, Ethiopia rests after a pilgrimage that celebrates one of Ethiopia’s holiest days, Mariam Zion, or Mary of Zion. (photo: Sean Sprague)

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Picture of the Day: A Visit from St. Nicholas
Anticipating the feast of St. Nicholas on 6 December, a man dressed as the saint attends Pope Benedict XVI's general audience in Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. (photo: CNS/Paul Haring)

The Feast of St. Nicholas
Michael La Civita discusses the feast day of St. Nicholas.

Unearthing Myra
After 700 years buried under 18 feet of mud from the rampaging Myros River, archaeologists find the city of Myra remarkably well preserved.

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Picture of the Day: Pope Francis Makes History Underground
Pope Francis visits the excavated necropolis below St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on 1 April. (photo: CNS/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

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Picture of the Day: “We Find Jesus’ Wounds in Works of Mercy”
Sister Lovely Kattumattam enjoys a laugh with a resident at Ashraya Old Age Home outside Mumbai, India — the land first evangelized by the apostle St. Thomas. (photo: Peter Lemieux)

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Picture of the Day: Rome Gets Ready
Nuns from Brazil take photos in front of a large banner of Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II in Rome.

Picture of the Day: Francis and Benedict, Together Again
Retired Pope Benedict XVI embraces Pope Francis before the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican on 27 April.

The Canonization Crowds: Why Pilgrims Packed Rome
Father Elias Mallon discusses pilgrims in the context of the recent canonization Mass at the Vatican.

Picture of the Day: Monastic Grace
Armenian Apostolic sisters garden outside the seventh-century St. Gayane Church in Etchmiadzin. (photo: Armineh Johannes)

Picture of the Day: A Venerable Spirit
Metropolitan Andrey Sheptytsky, who led the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the tumultuous period of both world wars and the early Soviet era, has been declared “venerable” by Pope Francis. (photo: CNS)

Picture of the Day: St. Vladimir, ‘Equal of the Apostles’
St. Vladimir embraced Christianity in the tenth century, and is considered the founder of the Eastern churches in the Belorussian, Carpatho-Rusyn, Russian and Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox traditions. (photo:

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